Peru’s coronavirus deaths surge past 7,000
Peru’s health ministry said Tuesday that the hard-hit nation’s coronavirus death toll had reached 7,056, the third-highest in Latin America after Brazil and Mexico.
Officials said the number of confirmed cases is now beyond 237,000 in Peru, which has been under a nationwide lockdown for three months.
With a population of 33 million, Peru has the second-highest number of confirmed cases in Latin America after Brazil.
Nevertheless, Health Minister Victor Zamora told reporters that the number of new cases has begun to decrease.
Peru’s healthcare system is on the verge of collapse, with more than 10,000 COVID-19 patients in hospitals.
Seventy percent of Peru’s cases have been reported in the Lima metropolitan area, home to a third of the country’s population.
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